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On the Surface: Japan

Sara Portesan

January 20, 2012

"It's been four months and I've still only just scratched the surface of Japanese culture." "Every time one question is answered, another surfaces." "Japan is more than what it looks like on the surface." Blah blah blah. What is this surface? Can a country have a surface? How is it made? What's it...

More than just a good meal

Sara Portesan

January 14, 2012

A quick note on the host family experience...   As an only child, I have never and probably will never completely understand what it is like to have a sibling. It is one of the reasons I requested a host family with kids. And boy did I luck out; I got two! A 16 year old sister and a 10 year...

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa

Sara Portesan

December 13, 2011

  Okay, so I am about to attempt to describe the past (three, four?) weeks I haven't been blogging with 12 pictures!  Here we go. Fall Break in Japan   While a bunch of people went to Tokyo (jealous! I want to go spring break...), I stayed in Kyoto and went to these places: Oh...

Scary Things

Scary Things

Sara Portesan

November 7, 2011

Before you read any more of this blog, a quick survey please! Look at the next two photos and comment below (or think in your head or tell the person next to you) what you think they are of. I will get back to these in a minute; jump to the end if you simply cannot wait.   First, a little about my Hallo...

Flossing in Japan and the States

Flossing in Japan and the States

Sara Portesan

October 30, 2011

So, being that I am almost 1/4 of the way into studying abroad, I though it time to do a quick comparison. Lets start with the important things. Flossing. American dentists (or at least mine) always stress the importance of flossing a few times every week, though preferably every day. I asked my...

The Fire Festival

The Fire Festival

Sara Portesan

October 25, 2011

My grandmother told me there was not supposed to be any rain, but encouraged me to take a small umbrella anyway. I'll be fine, I had said.   The fire festival (unlike the Jidai Matsuri, which was supposed to be that afternoon but cancelled because of a chance of rain) wouldn't cancel for anything. If...

Temple (check), Shrine (check), Karaoke (check), Homework (…)

Temple (check), Shrine (check), Karaoke (check), Homework (…)

Sara Portesan

October 3, 2011

( Quick note: Sorry the formatting on this is strange- I will work on getting more familiar with this as time goes on. On the plus side, pictures! Hurray!) There are too many things to do here. And so far, I have really only been checking them off a list. There are the normal college activities;...

All you environmental scientists, ganbatte ne!

Sara Portesan

September 28, 2011

This post was going to be a happy one, but I am having trouble uploading pictures, so instead I will talk about something else that has been on my mind; my class Industrial Pollution in Japan.  Right now, we are talking about some of Japan's past problems, such as the  itai-itai disease, which is...

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